After a trying year, Rory and Joey Feek were lucky enough to celebrate Christmas with family.
Rory posted about the heartwarming holiday on his blog on Monday, describing the family’s Christmas by using a metaphor from their 22-month-old daughter Indiana’s favorite book, The Gruffalo. In the picture book, a mouse makes up a tale about a fantastic beast called a “gruffalo” to help himself stay brave as he travels through the dark woods.
“That’s a little like our holidays here [this] year,” Rory wrote. “In early November, Christmas seemed still so far away. And the prognosis was clear that there was a good chance Joey wasn’t going to be with us then and that this Christmas was going to be a difficult one to get through.”
The country singer’s wife stopped treatments for her terminal cancer in October and entered into hospice care in November.
“So like the mouse in Indy’s story, we all began to ‘make up’ our own Gruffalo,” Rory continued. “Ours was the belief that it was going to be a wonderful, magical Christmas. We didn’t really believe it – down deep inside we knew we knew better – but still we told ourselves and each other that it was going to be great.”
And, like in The Gruffalo, the seemingly far-fetched story came true.
“Christmas had come and Joey was not only here with us, but she was doing well and we all had an amazing day together,” Rory continued. “There was a beautiful Christmas tree filled with wonder, Christmas cookies that we made together, new pajamas that we opened and put on the night before (it’s our yearly tradition), lots of presents to open on Christmas morning, and a big Christmas dinner in the evening and fun with all of Joey’s family.”
The couple documented the happy holiday with plenty of pictures, including one group shot of the whole happy family -- with Joey seated in the middle -- that they posted to their Facebook page on Christmas Day.
“Sometimes believing is seeing,” Rory concluded in his post. “And so as the New Year approaches, we will continue to believe and trust that what is waiting on the other side of the deep, dark wood is something even better and more beautiful than our minds can even imagine.”